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Windows Xp Reformat Question


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#1 Frankie Knuckles

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Posted 20 December 2007 - 05:20 PM

Hey Guys, quick question or two

As the title says, I have an old desktop that I want to reformat as I'm giving it to a friend. As it was bought from PC World, it never came with a Windows XP disk, but it does have the product code sticker on it.

My new desktop came with an XP CD, so would I be able to reformat the old computer using the new disk with the old product code or would Microsoft throw a benny and invalidate one or both copies of XP?

If I can reformat, is it just a case of sticking the disk in and choosing from an option or so I set the bios to boot from CD and do it that way. If I can't mix old code and new disk, is my only way around this shelling out for a new copy of XP?

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Posted 20 December 2007 - 05:39 PM

Assuming your CD is the same type and version, you can use it with the old key. This isn't a recovery CD from the computer mfg, correct? Don't forget the updates afterwards
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Posted 21 December 2007 - 09:38 AM

If it has a sticker on it (the desktop, I mean) then the XP product key on it is likely an OEM key. As to whether this would work witha non-OEM disk, I'm not sure. Maybe.

Try contacting the manufacturer of the desktop, pretend to be the original owner (just for simplicity's sake) and asking for the restore CD for that model. If they have one and are willing to give it to you, you may only need to pay for postage (but they may also charge a fee).

Installing XP is pretty easy. Here's the MS article about installing XP: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/316941
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